11 November 2022, 03:21 PM
Ukraine liberates all of Mykolaiv Oblast, Zelenskyy admin considers slashing ministries
- The Armed Forces of Ukraine have completely liberated Mykolayiv Oblast from invading Russian forces.
The liberation was announced by MP Roman Kostenko, who noted that the Ukrainian military was continuing to conduct “cleansing” operations in the town of Snihurivka – the last occupied settlement in the oblast. Meanwhile, Ukrainian forces also made it within 15 km of Kherson city itself.
- In Russia, dozens of wives and mothers of conscripted Russian soldiers have come to the Ukrainian border to demand answers from their government.
The women say that their relatives have been forced onto the front lines with minimal weaponry and training, and are being threatened with summary execution if they retreat. One added that the conscripts are used as cannon fodder to provoke the Armed Forces of Ukraine to attack them, thus revealing the firing positions of the Ukrainian military.
- Russia is also stocking up on new missiles and drones in order to once again strike Ukrainian infrastructure.
That’s the conclusion Ukraine’s Air Force has come to, after noting that Russian missile and drone attacks have decreased in intensity as of late. The Russian invaders have realized the impact of solitary strikes isn't significant, said AF spokesperson Yuriy Ihnat, who explained that Russia had been stocking up for several months before the mass strikes it carried out in October.
- The Zelenskyy administration is considering a massive governmental consolidation, reducing the number of ministries from 20 to 14.
While a final decision on the matter has not yet been made, “It will probably happen eventually,” a source in the president’s office told NV. The key changes concern the Ministries of Regional Development and Reintegration of the Occupied Territories – both will become part of the Ministry of Infrastructure. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Culture is slated to absorb the Ministry of European Integration
- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will attend the G20 summit in Bali remotely, in place of Putin.
Zelenskyy will also likely attend virtually, the president’s press secretary said. Russia’s decision lays to rest weeks of speculation and counter-accusations from both the Russian and Ukrainian sides. Zelenskyy had earlier stated that he would not attend the summit if Putin was present.
The package includes Avenger and HAWK air defense and anti-air systems. Ammo and cold weather gear are also included. The Pentagon noted that package includes missiles for the HAWK air defense system, which was recently transferred from Spain. Spanish Defense Minister Margarita Robles said that Spain fill send two additional HAWK systems Ukraine’s way, in addition to the four that had already been promised to Kyiv.
Economically, the full-scale Russian invasion has severely damaged Ukraine, and may fall even further, if attacks on Ukraine’s power infrastructure continue, said Economy Minister Yulia Svyrydenko. In addition, inflation has reached 26.6%, while steel production output has fallen by nearly 70%.
State-owned defense manufacturers will be rolled into a new company, Ukrainian Defense Industries, which would replace the current Ukroboronprom concern. The government will control 100% shares of the new conglomerate. Head of Ukroboronprom Yurii Gusev pointed out in October 2021 that this will help restructure Ukraine’s defense sector, as some companies involved remain in Russia-controlled territory.
- Meanwhile, Ukroboronprom and the Czech government have agreed to establish a joint industrial complex for defense manufacturing.
- The day’s long-read: Five important factors: What is happening in Kherson and what are its prospects for liberation?
Censor.net chief editor Yuriy Butusov considers Russia’s actions in Kherson, and analyzes the chance for a true liberation.